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Celebrating Juneteenth in NM

6.14.24 This week on New Mexico in Focus, a group of New Mexico Black community leaders and elders tells us about the importance of celebrating Juneteenth. In the first of three conversations, Senior Producer Lou DiVizio asks Joe and Rita Powdrell about the roots of Juneteenth celebrations in New Mexico. 

Correspondent: Lou DiVizio 


Joe Powdrell, Director, Juneteenth Albuquerque 1976-1989  

Rita Powdrell, President, African American Museum and Cultural Center of NM  

Marsha K. Hardeman, Professor, Africana Studies, University of New Mexico  

Rev. Dr. Charles E. Becknell, Sr., Pastor Emeritus of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Rio Rancho 

For More Information: 

‘Community Juneteenth 2024’ – Black Chamber of Commerce New Mexico